Jeremy Hsieh, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
Turnout was thin at a recent series of town halls on shelter concepts, and a goal to open a new shelter with higher standards by Nov. 1 is slipping.
Civil rights lawyers are fighting the clearing of the campsites in and around Cuddy Family Midtown Park ahead of an outdoor music festival.
Felix Rivera, the Assembly’s lead on homelessness issues, expects a close vote on a scaled back version of the proposal.
It's the first major camp abatement of the year in Anchorage. Many questions remain about where and when people can set up camps with shelter space full.
The task force also calls for community council input, buying emergency shelters and requesting that state and private landowners sponsor additional camps.
Inaction so far this year on clearing encampments stems in part from an Assembly policy call, and in part from legal paralysis around a court decision.
Alexis Johnson, Anchorage's housing and homelessness coordinator, said the city and Assembly need to come up with a plan soon, or the Sullivan Arena shelter will be reopened again.
Saxton Shearer’s last day as the head of the city’s Maintenance and Operations department will be May 26.
Policymakers haven’t publicly said what they’ll police within the camps. For now, the plan is to meet the campers where they are.
The former executive assistant also alleges discrimination against women among fire department leaders.
Since Mayor Dave Bronson took office in July of 2021, more than a dozen executives have turned over due to firings and resignations.
The deputy library director has made racist comments toward Alaska Natives and is the subject of numerous workplace complaints.
Rangers say the climbers’ tracks led into the path of an avalanche on Moose’s Tooth.
Confidentiality around legal matters and personnel issues will make discussion awkward on May 23, said the Assembly chair.
Nancy Burke has worked on housing and mental health issues in Alaska since 2002. She’s moving on soon, but shared some of her perspective first.
Not everyone leaving will end up camping. Some got last-minute housing placements, some will couch surf, some caught flights out of town to stay with friends or relatives.
Even though the reality of the coming closure is sinking in, a lot of people in the shelter only had vague plans.
Up to 90 people with mobility or other impairments will be able to stay in the shelter until May 31.
The extension is expected to be a last-minute addition to the Assembly’s agenda at its next regular meeting..